The Latest From Florida’s Death Row


State Seeks Death Penalty in Ocoee Witness Murder:  A third suspect in an Ocoee home invasion murder case was arrested Tuesday, just hours after the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office announced it will be seeking the death penalty against the prime suspect. Bessman Okafor, a career criminal and alleged mastermind behind the witness murder, was indicted by the Orange County grand jury and will face the death penalty if convicted.

New Florida Death Sentence: Car Lot Killer Gets Death Penalty: A central Florida man convicted of raping and murdering a woman has been sentenced to death. A Seminole County judge sentenced 34-year-old William Roger Davis III on Monday, following a jury’s recommendation. Davis was convicted earlier this year of kidnapping, rape and murder. He had confessed to killing 19-year-old Fabiana Malave, but his attorney argued that he was not guilty by reason of insanity.

New Florida Death Sentence:  Fla. Murderer Requests, Receives Death Sentence:  An inmate at the Charlotte County Jail got his wish Tuesday when 20th Judicial Circuit Judge Christine Greider sentenced him to death for the 2008 murder of his cellmate.

James Robertson, 46, had grown tired of his incarceration after having spent nearly 30 years in jail, and he strangled cellmate Frank Hart to death, hoping the murder would put him on Death Row, Greider said. Instead, Robertson was charged with second-degree murder at the time of Hart’s murder, an offense not punishable by death.

Robertson then stabbed a prison guard in 2011, and attempted to get the guard’s keys so he could kill another inmate, according to reports, but the guard did not give him the keys. Robertson was charged with attempted second-degree murder in connection with the incident, and said he would be forced to kill again unless the court agreed to put him on Death Row.

Harvard Crimson takes a look at John Ferguson Case:  A student writer for the Harvard Crimson has written about the John Ferguson case in an opinion piece earlier this month. In it, the author writes, “treating Ferguson as legally insane would not excuse his crimes. Ferguson should receive a sentence that takes into account both his crimes and his mental health. If not, the Ferguson case will bear severe repercussions that will affect our conceptions of morality and criminal justice.”


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